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2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

Out and Back

6,403' 1,952 m

High

6,020' 1,835 m

Low

398' 121 m

Up

398' 121 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

Cedar Mesa is a vast, mostly uninhabited region of over a million acres in southeastern Utah. This area has a very high concentration of ancient Puebloan archeological sites, many of which are very difficult to access or even find. Road Canyon has a few very beautiful and interesting sites that are relatively easy to locate and that do not require a difficult hike. The scenery in the canyon is quite nice and makes an interesting and pleasant hike in its own right.

Description

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don't move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

About a mile from UT-261 on Cigarette Springs Road there is a gate and a BLM fee station. The side road to the trailhead is another 2.4 miles further on the left. From the trailhead, the trail goes northeast for about 0.3 miles until it enters a side canyon and drops steeply to the bottom of this canyon.

Make sure you find the cairn and mark this point at the bottom of the canyon so you can find it on the way back. Follow the bottom of this canyon down until it reaches the main branch of Road Canyon, and follow this to the right.

Watch for an unusually shaped hoodoo high up on the left side of the canyon; the ruins sit about 100 feet up on a ledge about 150 feet past this hoodoo. Scramble up this rock ledge to reach the site.

History & Background

No one knows why the Puebloan people left the Four Corners area around 1250 AD, but there was a mass abandonment of the dwellings here. Theories gravitate toward some combination of changing climate, over-hunting, and competition with new migrant populations. Navajo oral tradition claims that their ancestors lived among the the early Puebloans.

This ruin is sometimes called the "Fallen Roof Ruin," and it is spectacularly photogenic. Photographers will want to arrive by mid-morning before the ruin is in full sun or choose an overcast day to shoot this beautiful ruin. As with all historic sites, the structures should not be entered, and nothing at the site should be touched or disturbed.

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Fallen Roof Ruin
Mar 25, 2021 near Blanding, UT
hoodoo as seen from ruins.
Mar 25, 2021 near Blanding, UT
Fallen Roof Ruin alcove from a distance.
Mar 25, 2021 near Blanding, UT

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Sep 27, 2023
LaDonna Baertlein
Trail hard to find last .2 miles. Go right where the gulches branch. On cliff to the left. Watch ceiling. It really is falling down! — 4h 30m
Mar 25, 2021
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Jul 6, 2018
Ethan Gehl
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